Shipping Options

Shipping is limited to one day in transit per UPS Rules for shipping Tropical fish. I can no longer ship for second-day delivery.  Shipping is delayed until the weather warms above Freezing at night. No SWA Shipping from December 20 until December 27, weather permitting. No SWA Shipping from December 29 until January 3, weather permitting. No UPS shipping December 21, 22, and 26 due to the holidays. CAS will be closed Saturday, December 23 until Wednesday, December 27 and will be closed for New Years on January 1, 2018. 

I now have a new shipping partner and will be offering lower air rates for UPS.

To determine if you are in my UPS Ground one-day in transit azone, please scroll down this page to the UPS Ground Chart. 

SWA Cargo orders must be completed within 10 business days unless delayed due to weather problems in winter. A Pal Pal Invoice for the fish must be paid at least 24 hours prior to shipping. To hold an SWA order more than 10 Business days, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required.

Cold weather shipping delays (below 40 F during the day and below 32 at night during the same 24 hour period) often occur in January and February and sometimes may occur anytime from Late October to early April. 

Fish Shipping rates include the cost of the box and supplies used to ship your fish. This makes Summer the least expensive time of year to ship fish. 

Box 1:  (11" x 11" x  6") 1” to 3.5” Fish will be packed One per Bag. No more than three small bags in this Box. The best option for shipping a three pack or three or less 3.5" or smaller fish. 


Box 2: (12" x 12" x 10")  1" to 3.5" Fish will be packed One per Bag . No more than six small bags in this box. The best option for shipping a six-pack or two three packs of smaller fish, or six 3.5" or smaller fish. 


Box 3: (12" x 12" x 10") (Displays in cart as 12" x 12" x 10.5")  1" to 3.5" Fish will be packed One per Bag .  No more than nine small bags in this box. This option is best for shipping seven to nine 3.5" or smaller fish, or a six pack with one to two 3.5" or smaller males.  


Box 4: (18" x 18" x 10") 1" to 3.5" Fish will be packed One per Bag .  No more than 16 small bags per box. Larger fish are packed one per large bag. No more than three large bags per Box. Mixing fish bag sizes can get tricky in these boxes. Basically, one large bag takes up the same amount of space as four small bags. 

These boxes can get expensive to ship by air. Be sure to compare SWA Cargo if you live near an airport served by them. This box size is best for larger ground area orders and is required for shipping by SWA Cargo. 


Box 5: (18" x 12" x 8") Two 4"+ fish, one per bag, per box. This box is designed to save money when shipping two larger fish by Next Day Air or Next Day Air Saver. It can be used for UPS Ground (one-day in transit only) as well. 


Box 6: (18" x 12" x 8") (Displays as 18" x 12" x 8.5" in Cart) Up to twelve 1" to 3.5" fish packed one per bag. This box is best for two six-packs, or four three-packs, or for orders of ten to twelve 3.5" or smaller males. 


Discounted UPS Air rates.


On all shipping, please remember I do my best to keep my fish prices as low as possible. In some cases, low fish price + higher shipping price = less total price than a competitor for the same fish.


FedEX no longer accepts fish shipped by Ground and requires a special box test for air. They also may not allow fish to be shipped to a residential address. For that reason, I have changed to UPS. 


Days in transit count only Monday through Friday. No Saturday delivery of Fish by UPS.  Saturday Delivery of Fish is possible using SWA Cargo see below. 



  UPS Ground Chart Below

UPS Ground is limited to the areas around PA in yellow (One Day in Transit) If you think you are in the yellow area on the map below but are not certain, please send us an email request to check your zip code to support@ciclidsarespecial.com 

Starting Monday, November 6, 2017, CAS will be able to ship fish using an inter-store carrier for a shipping store located in Lancaster, PA. This will increase my ground one-day in transit area to the following map. Ground Packages will have a Lancaster, PA  return address. 



US Time in Transit Map


Air Shipments will continue to go out of a UPS store in York, PA and will have a York, PA Return Address. 

Summer Shipping by UPS Ground: If the weather stays above 55 F at night and does not drop below 75 F during the day. No Heat Packs necessary

Cool Shipping by UPS Ground if the weather stays above 45F and does not go below 65 F during the day Heat Packs Necessary

Winter Shipping If the weather drops below 45 F and stays above 32 F at any time during transit. Heat Packs Necessary

Freezing Weather below 32F, or when winter precipitation occurs, shipping will be delayed until the next business day (Monday through Thursday). 

If you order $100.00 to $299.99 in fish, I will give you 10% off the non-sale fish in your order (Discount Club members get both their normal discount + this discount)

If you order $300.00 or more fish I will give you 15% off the non-sale fish in your order (Discount Club members will get both this discount and their normal discount)

Fish Shipping rates include the cost of the box and supplies used to ship your fish. This makes Summer the least expensive time of year to ship fish.

SWA Cargo (South West Airlines Cargo):

SWA cargo is shipping year round is available except for holidays, reduced hours, and extremely busy airport times as long as weather permits. I can ship SWA most Friday Afternoons for Saturday delivery. 

To use SWA Cargo you need to be close to an SWA Airport Cargo Unit (see map below). You must go to the airport cargo unit to pick up your fish. $100 minimum fish order. 

Rates vary by the amount of total weight and size of the boxes.

The following is an estimated cost list of most of the Basic Rates as of November 9/2017 from BWI. Not all airports are listed because some airports are with-in my one day ground UPS Zone which is less expensive. 

Albany, NY, Rochester, NY, Buffalo, NY, Manchester, NH, Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Hartford, CT (some areas to west in Ground) 

Minimum is $45 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $50 for two full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is .81 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ($60.75 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

Detroit, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, Milwaukee, WI, Chicago Mid-way, IL, Columbus, OH (some areas to the east are in my one day ground UPS Zone), Cincinnati, OH, Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN, Nashville, TN, Memphis, TN. 

Minimum is $45 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $50 for two full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes ($61.50 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is .82 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance

Raleigh/Durham, NC, Charlotte, NC, Greenville-Spartanburg, SC, Charleston, SC, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Tampa Bay, FL, Ft. Myers/Naples, Fl, West Palm Beach, FL, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Minimum is $45 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $50 for two full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is .83 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ($62.25 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

Little Rock, AR, New Orleans, LA, Tulsa, OK, Oklahoma City, OK, Amarillo, TX, Lubbock, TX, Dallas Love Field, TX, Midland/Odessa, TX, Austin, TX, San Antonio, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Harlingen/South Padre Island, TX, El Paso, TX

Minimum is $45 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $50 for two full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is .88 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ($66.00 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, Omaha, NE, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, KS, Witchita, KS, Denver, CO

Minimum is $45 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $50 for two full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is .90 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ($67.50 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

Salt Lake City, UT, Reno/Tahoe, NV, Sacramento, CA, Oakland, CA, San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Burbank, CA, Las Angeles (Lax), CA, Ontario, CA, Orange County, CA, Sandiego, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Tucson, AZ

Minimum is $50 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $55 for one full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is 1.02 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ( $51.00 for Two full Boxes plus TSA Fees and Insurance, $76.50 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fees and Insurance)

Seattle/Tacoma, WA, Spokane, WA, Portland, OR, Boise, ID

Minimum is $50 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $55 for one full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is 1.04 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ($52.00 for Two full Boxes plus TSA Fees and Insurance, $78.00 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

SJU

Minimum is $50 plus TSA Fees and Insurance or about $55 for one full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes 

For more than two full 18 x 18 x 10 boxes, rate is 1.05 lb x 25 lb per box plus TSA Fees and Insurance ($52.50 for two full Boxes plus TSA Fees and insurance, $78.75 for three full 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes plus TSA Fess and Insurance)

18 x 18 x 10 boxes only are used for this service. If I have used 18 x 18 x 10 Boxes on hand, and right now I have plenty of them, there is no charge for the used box for this type shipping

New 18 x 18 x 10 boxes cost $11.75 each. Only if I run out of used boxes.

Allow 24 hours to get a shipping quote for SWA Cargo. 

SWA Cargo shipments are taken to an airport runner in Harrisburg, PA in the afternoon the day prior to shipment. They then go out of BWI the next day. The runner operates Monday through Friday which means shipping by SWA ships out of BWI on Tuesdays through Saturday, except on holidays.  I try to make only one trip per week to the runner due to fuel cost. I prefer to make these trips on Thursdays or Fridays. There is a $100 minimum fish order required to ship this way. This is to help cover the cost to take the fish to the runner plus to help the customer get more fish for their shipping dollar.

 

SWA Cargo Map

Map of SWA Cargo Locations

 

We are cautious.  Everything is done to ensure that your fish arrive safely and healthy.  Fish are bagged one per bag. Live arrival guarantee.

We do not ship by USPS due to the unreliability of delivery.  Their tracking is limited to arrival scanning which can make finding a missing package difficult if not impossible. Technically live animals are also prohibited by Priority Mail and can be stopped, just like with Fed Ex Ground. 

Areas currently outside of my shipping range include:

Areas outside of the US (I do not have an export permit) 

Alaska

Hawaii is limited to SWA Cargo/Hawaii Airlines only. (Permit required to receive fish is required by the receiver-Hawaii Law) arrival Tuesday through Friday only. 

Rates Vary, quote required.

San Juan is limited to SWA Cargo only.